What do Americans really want?
A recent poll conducted by PrincetonSurvey Research Associates International shed some light on what has been known for many years. American's still don't know what they want.
Mitt Romney was trash talked by Newt Gingrich over a comment he made; "he was not concerned about the very poor because they had a safety net", referring to entitlements. Taken out of context, it put Romney in a bad position, but in reality, he said something that most Americans think and feel.
Take the poll results, 51% of middle class felt they were hit the hardest by the economic turn of events. 45% of the poor felt it was they who suffered more and yes, hold on to your socks, 1% of the wealthy felt they were.
And even with the numbers, out, overall, the realization was that Americans are concerned with the fact that federal entitlements for the poor and the growing dependency on them. Finally, something that we can all agree on.
- To many people rely on federal assistance.
- We are being taxed too much for federal programs.
- Some think the federal government doesn't provide enough.
- Some are concerned that too many people getting federal assistance don't need it and simply abuse it.
Now that we all agree and yes, even the third item. We have all at one time or another thought that this one or that one is a good program, but it doesn't provide enough and maybe it needs to be changed and by removing something and adding something else, it would be a good program.
With all that said, when Americans were asked about what to do, it showed exactly what the problem is: we dont' want to give up those things that we have grown accustomed to. Don't touch Social Security and Medicare. And surprisingly enough, most agreed that we need the federal programs, especially during these tough economic times.
So, where do we go from here? To the polls in November.